Ebulondi Primary School Rainwater Harvesting and VIP Latrines

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Kenyan Rainwater Harvesting

Latitude 0.06
Longitude 34.59

500 Served

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Stories and Community Profile

This project is a part of our shared program with Western Water and Sanitation Forum (WEWASAFO). Our team is pleased to directly share the report below (edited for clarity, as needed).


Ebulondi primary School is located In Tongoi Village, Esaba Sub location, Tongoi location, Central Bunyore Ward, Emuhaya Constituency, Vihiga County.

The school has a total population of 524 pupils, 259 boys, and 265 girls in the primary while the ECD has a total population of 106 pupils of which 54 are boys and 52 are girls.

(Editor’s Note: While this many people may have access on any given day, realistically a single water source can only support a population of 350-500 people.  This community would be a good candidate for a second project in the future so adequate water is available. To learn more, click here.)

The teaching staff includes 15 teachers of which 9 are females and 6 are males. The school also has 2 support staff, 1 female cook, 1 male Watchmen.


The school lacks safe water source within the school compound. As a result, children carry water every morning from home for use at school. This water is not sufficient to service the school feeding program and to clean classrooms and toilets. Priority of water is given to cooking lunch for class seven and eight and hygiene in the school is overlooked. This has resulted in many children being infested with jiggers, small fleas that bore into the hands and feet, due to poor hygiene practices. Fifty five pupils have been infested with jiggers within the school compound.

Since the water is not sufficient, none is left for drinking as all the water is consumed by the school feeding program. So whenever the children are thirsty during the day they always resort to any available water source. Mostly they resort to the unprotected spring that is 300 meters away from the school. Since this water is unprotected, its open to contamination by the surface run off. Also, due to the high population of the pupils, as they fetch and step in the water they contaminate it further. The school does have a LifeStraw water filter available, but this is in no way sufficient for the population of the school, especially considering the scarcity of water in general.

This has resulted in many cases of water borne diseases in the school among the pupils and even the teachers. The most common cases reported included malaria, typhoid and stomachache.

Sanitation Facilities

The school sanitation facilities are not also sufficient. They only have 10 VIP latrines that are in use thus 4 doors for the boys, 6 doors for girls. Four are almost full.

Hand washing facilities are also not available in the school. Since water is not sufficient, washing hands after toilet use is not a priority to these pupils, thus very few wash their hands after visiting the toilet.

The head teacher, in collaboration with the school board of management, have submitted an application letter to WEWASAFO appealing for help to put up water and sanitation facilities before the situation gets out of hand. They learned about WEWASAFO through the WASH project at Ebukuya and Ebussamba primary schools.

The community has already started gathering the required local materials and sinking the pit for the VIP latrines.

Project Results:

Rainwater Harvesting Tank

Construction of a rainwater harvesting tank for Ebulondi Primary School is complete and now in use by students and staff. The school now has access to clean water within its own compound. Whenever students get thirsty during the day, they have access to un-rationed water from the tank. The only time this water is ever rationed is during the dry season, generally from December to February. Students no longer have to lug water from home to school. In fact, the school even has enough water to clean classrooms and latrines on a daily basis.

VIP Latrines

Construction of four VIP (ventilation improved pit) latrines is complete and they are now in use. The long queues that were seen during class break have been greatly shortened. However, since the new latrines are cleaner and more comfortable, those four lines are normally much longer.

Hand-Washing Facilities

Two hand-washing facilities were delivered to and installed in the school compound near the latrines. Since these are the only available hand-washing stations in the school, congestion around these facilities is always very high. WEWASAFO encouraged the Student Health Club to come up with an improvised solution for hand-washing, such as tippable tin containers filled with water. Conditions are already improving thanks to sufficient water for drinking, cooking, hand-washing, and cleaning.

The Water Project and Ebulondi Primary School Thank You for making this possible!

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Recent Project Updates

11/30/2015: Ebulondi Primary School Water Tank and Latrine Project Complete

We are very excited to report that, thanks to your willingness to help, the students and staff of Ebulondi Primary School in Kenya have a new source of safe, clean water. A new rainwater harvesting system and new latrines have been built. A handwashing station has been installed, and the students and community have received training in sanitation and hygiene. Just imagine the difference these resources will make in the lives of these students! We just updated the project page with the latest details including lots of pictures of smiling young faces.

Take a look, and Thank You for helping us unlock potential!

The Water Project : kenya4325-11-clean-water

10/03/2015: Update on Ebulondi Primary School

We are so thankful for your support!  Due to a continued teacher strike in Kenya, there is a short delay in final reporting (We require community and school photos for final reporting, along with formal handing over photos).  However, this project has been installed and we can’t wait to share our final report with you.  We have adjusted the anticipated due date for the report accordingly, and will of course be in touch with any updates that might effect that date!

08/31/2015: Ebulondi Primary School Project Underway

We are excited to announce that, thanks to your willingness to help, Ebulondi Primary School in Kenya will soon have a new source of safe, clean water. A rainwater harvesting system and latrines are being built, and the community will receive training in sanitation and hygiene. Together these resources will go a long way toward stopping the spread of disease in the area. We have had some delays in hearing from our partner, so we had to adjust the expected completion date, but we just posted a report including information about the community, GPS coordinates and pictures. We’ll keep you posted as the work continues.

Take a look, and Thank You for your help!

The Water Project : kenya4325-01-school-gate

Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment
Location:  Kakamega, Kenya
ProjectID: 4325
Install Date:  11/23/2015

Monitoring Data
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Last Visit: 04/30/2017

Visit History:
10/22/2015 — Functional
02/08/2016 — Functional
07/22/2016 — Functional
09/19/2016 — Functional
02/02/2017 — Functional
02/28/2017 — Functional
04/30/2017 — Functional

Country Details


Population: 39.8 Million
Lacking clean water: 43%
Below poverty line: 50%

Partner Profile

Western Water and Sanitation Forum (WEWASAFO) works together with less privileged and marginalized members of communities in Western Kenya to reduce poverty through harnessing and utilization of local resources for sustainable development.